Really? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad—whose "re-election" last month has been challenged by opponents and triggered global outrage—dismisses critics and said the balloting was "the most free election anywhere in the world."
Said Ahmadenijad in a nationally televised event: "It was a great event. ... No fault was discovered. The whole nation understood this."
The apparently rigged June 12 "election" was followed by days of street demonstrations and massive civil unrest that led to the deaths of at least 20 protesters and the arrest of more than 1,000, according to state-owned media. Iranian opposition leaders are demanding the immediate release of hundreds of people arrested in a crackdowns and denounced the "brutal attacks" by security forces.